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dogmatic
stubbornly sticking to opinions
fastidious
"displaying meticulous attention to detail, hard to please"
deleterious
"hurtful, harmful"
benevolent
"kindly, generous, showing good will"
ameliorate
"to make better, improve"
ascetic
practicing severe self-denial
expedient
"appropriate to a purpose, advantageous, convenient although immoral"
disparage
"speak of slightingly, to lower in rank or reputation"
assuage
"to soothe, moderate, or relieve (e.g. a pain)"
immutable
"unchangeable, unalterable"
acquiesce
"comply with, assent to, passively accept"
paucity
"scarcity, smallness of number"
surreptitious
clandestine; stealthy
prosaic
to be unimaginative or commonplace
contrite
feeling remorseful for a sin or shortcoming
flagrant
"openly scandalous, egregious"
adulation
a show of excessive admiration or devotion
evanescent
fleeting
engender
"produce, cause"
complacent
pleased or satisfied with oneself
candor
the quality of frankness or outspokenness
capricious
"to be erratic, led by whim, unpredictable or fickle"
dubious
doubtful
elucidate
"clarify, explain, throw light upon"
extol
praise in the highest terms
assiduous
hardworking
avarice
"greed, desire to hoard wealth"
emulate
imitate with intent to equal or surpass
dissonance
"a harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds"
adroit
having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers
deprecate
"to belittle, express disapproval of, to urge reasons against"
discursive
passing from one subject to another
disseminate
distribute or scatter
extricate
"disentangle, disengage"
fallacious
"illogical, misleading"
exacerbate
make worse
inevitable
unavoidable
innocuous
"harmless, unobjectionable, inoffensive or innocent"
insipid
"lacking interesting qualities, dull"
prodigal
wasteful or recklessly extravagant
impetuous
impulsive
impute
"to lay blame to, attribute, ascribe or credit"
querulous
habitually complaining
spurious
"not genuine, false"
magnanimous
"generous, noble, selfless, kind or charitable"
meticulous
"showing care about minute details, very thorough"
mitigate
make milder or more endurable
relegate
send off or consign to an often inferior position or rank
reprehensible
deserving censure or condemnation
repudiate
reject as having no authority; cast off
rescind
take back; revoke; abrogate
sycophant
flattering suckup
trepidation
tremulous fear
virtuoso
a master in the technique of some art
inchoate
Just begun and so not fully formed or developed
phlegmatic
"cool of character, composed"
indolent
lazy
hackneyed
"overused, cliched"
extraneous
irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with
encumber
act as a hindrance to
amalgamate
combine
analogous
similar to something else in certain qualities
grandiose
"having an imposing style or effect, uncommonly large"
affable
"easy to approach, friendly"
deference
humble submission or respect
diffident
"timid, lacking in confidence"
disparity
inequality
amicable
friendly
amity
"harmony, friendship"
belligerent
warlike
censorious
severely critical
charlatan
"a quack, someone who pretends to more knowledge than they possess"
concede
"surrender, give in"
delineate
outline
circuitous
winding or indirect
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